Note on Ortiz’s Woven Stone as a Gift to Percy


The same day chases
the night all throughout
time’s passing.

While you breathe,
feel the sky’s breathing
in its occasional rain.

Go for the downpour.
In the city. In the barrio.
Towards the mountains
and the vast deep seas.

Listen to the sun’s stories
of the moon, and in the night,
tell her of his longing,
of his love.

Go for the rain.

– Kuya
9 July 2019, Davao City

Ian Salvaña, 23, is currently doing his MA in Political Science at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. He is formerly a faculty member of the Sociology Department of Ateneo de Davao University. He has attended several national literary workshops in the Philippines and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The Brown Orient. His works appeared or are forthcoming in various literary anthologies and journals, among them Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from around the World, Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, Eunoia Review and New Contrast.

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